Divinity of Relief Society

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“Relief Society is not a program. It is an official part of the Lord’s Church that is ‘divinely ordained of God’ to teach, strengthen, and inspire sisters in their purpose regarding faith, family, and relief. Relief Society is a way of life for Latter-day Saint women, and its influence extends far beyond a Sunday class or a social gathering. It follows the pattern of female disciples who served with the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles in His ancient Church.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
The Vision of Prophets regarding Relief Society: Faith, Family, Relief,” October 2011 General Conference

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“Relief Society is not just a class on Sunday. It isn’t just a place we go if we are not teaching in the Primary or Young Women organizations. It is the Lord’s organization for women. Participation in Relief Society is part of our glorious heritage and blessing as women in the Lord’s Church.”

Barbara Thompson, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Now Let Us Rejoice,” October 2008 General Conference

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“I pray that mothers and daughters will participate with more vigor, that husbands will support their wives, and that both mothers and fathers will prepare their daughters for Relief Society. I encourage priesthood leaders to shepherd God’s daughters, young and old, into Relief Society—one of the many miracles of the Restoration. As we take these steps, we will be overwhelmed with gratitude for this sacred organization.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
How Has Relief Society Blessed Your Life?” October 2004 General Conference

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“Because Relief Society is divinely designed, it blesses not only women but the family and the Church. I testify that it is a fundamental part of the Lord’s restored gospel because it abides in charity—His pure love.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
How Has Relief Society Blessed Your Life?” October 2004 General Conference

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“Relief Society is not just a Sunday class: it is a divine gift to us as women.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Belonging is Our Sacred Birthright,” October 2004 General Conference

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“Belle Spafford, former general Relief Society president, stated, ‘Relief Society is only on the threshold of its divine mission.’
 
“I echo that sentiment. Sisters, we are poised to stride across that threshold into a new era of spirituality and light. Can we, in our daily lives, draw others to Jesus Christ? Can our faith, hope, and charity be the critical forces of significant influence? Yes, a resounding yes.”
 
Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Strengthened in Charity,” October 1996 General Conference

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